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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,045 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,045
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 110
Gots: 145 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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GratefulEdd

Alabama

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-19-2014 06:03:31 | More by GratefulEdd
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Beervana

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-15-2014 04:32:57 | More by Beervana
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WiserBud

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-08-2014 01:27:37 | More by WiserBud
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TinusTime

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rich brown with a HUGE frothy head that took long enough to subside that one could make a sandwich, clean up and have a smoke before it would be half way down. Smell is rich of Chocolate,Caramel, and Dried fruit. Taste is Rich and full with lite brown sugar notes with some lightly brandied fruit and a touch of breadiness. Drinks smoothly with just a hint of alcohol on the tongue. A definate post dessert. Would go great with a nice rich cigar sitting on the deck with old friends.. A tasty treat, not as good as the triple... but holds its own.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2004 04:34:12 | More by TinusTime
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rkhaze

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light chestnut with a medium sized, quickly disappating tan head. Smells of malt and lots of fruit. Raisins, plums and bananas all macerated in rum and brown sugar. Of course there was that lightly tart Belgian yeast as well.
Tastes of sweet earthy malt. Fruit, spices, some nuts and a date like sweetness. Kinda a cross between a bready rum soaked fruitcake and a lightly sweet bananas foster. Finishes with a tartness that reminded me of green apples. Although there were a lot of flavors here, they all seemed a bit subdued. Not as intense as other Trappist ales. Good in it's subtlety.
Medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel and lots of carbonation.
Alcohol is hidden well and the not so much "in your face" flavors lead to outstanding drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 03:55:58 | More by rkhaze
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark auburn-brown color with decent head size and good retention.

Great, complex aroma of malt and hops, sweet, roasted, fruity, spicy.

Taste is also wonderful and complex. Starts out with roasted malt, then malty sweetness, hops and a sweet, clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium body with good, but not too strong carbonation.

A great beer with delicious malt, roasty, hoppy flavor and aroma that is very smooth and easy to drink despite the good strength.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 17:05:52 | More by AaronHomoya
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ScreamForMe

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-30-2012 02:48:04 | More by ScreamForMe
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drh1382

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-28-2011 03:54:13 | More by drh1382
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Mullinger1980

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-27-2013 02:23:18 | More by Mullinger1980
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vhmf1978

Brazil

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-05-2013 02:54:55 | More by vhmf1978
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Antnyd82

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-03-2012 10:04:38 | More by Antnyd82
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-19-2011 03:04:18 | More by bigdaddypolite
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KindaFondaGoozah

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-06-2013 20:06:16 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served with a pint glass. Not especially excited about the server bringing me that... anyway.

Poured very dark with a tall, white head. The glass had something to do with that. I had to let it dissipate for a bit before smelling. It was ice cold, so letting it sit a few minutes was no biggy.

Smells of raisin and fruit. A touch of alcohol and a lot of malt.

Taste is on target. Thick and juicy... some fig and lots of sweet.
Molasses and sugary.

I'd buy this in a store, but probably not at a bar again as it set me back eight bucks. Worth it once!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 03:28:19 | More by Fugazme
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SuperSpy

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tan, and creamy looking, two-finger head. The color is a dark, cloudy brown.

The aroma has plenty of yeast esters, prunes, and a hint of sweet malt.

A very creamy mouthfeel. It's quite smooth and works very well with the dark fruit flavors that appear upfront. The middle introduces a rustic and yeasty bread flavor that becomes slightly crisp and dry right before the beer becomes somewhat spicy with a warm alcohol flavor and sensation.

A great Trappist beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 21:37:07 | More by SuperSpy
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750 into a chalice.

A-First pour is an extremely attractive cherry cola color with a one finger tan head that settles rapidly into nothingness. Great color, but a rather flat looking beer.

S-Sweet licorice malts, caramel and a hint of sourness and alcohol

T-Unexpectedly sour, slightly fruity with licorice malts. Not nearly as tasty as I had hoped. Things get a little more interesting at the bottom of the bottle as the yeast pours in, but the increasingly noticeable metallic aftertaste is also present.

M-Fairly decent, a little lighter that I thought, and slightly light on the carbonation

D-This is fairly drinkable, but there are many other Belgians and Belgian copies that I would rather drink.

I'll try this again to see if I like it better, obviously many do, but this just didn't do it for me. Not that it was bad, I just expected much more.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 00:41:55 | More by caddybuyer
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TubbyDullard

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

10-28-2013 21:18:12 | More by TubbyDullard
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer with a rich red-brown color crowned with thin tan lace that leaves sticky swirls on the inside of the glass. It has a full nose of sweet malted barley, and of carmel. The taste is divine. Sweet carmel and molasses intertwine with notes of brown sugar, nutmeg, raisin, cherry, prune and sweet bread pudding. This is decadent and satisfying. The mouthfeel is nice because it is not as heavy as you'd expect for all these rich flavors. This makes it easily drinkable, and a wonderful example of a Belgain Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 18:42:52 | More by 99bottles
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DerBayer

Germany

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pours a surprisingly dark brown with off white big frothy head

Smell is of cherries caramel and some bitter hops

The taste is of the same but wonderfully balanced between sweet and bitter notes - miles better than the triple a definite 5

Mouthfeel is refreshing and nicely carbonated but too prickly almost

Drinkability is HIGH HIGH HIGH

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 09:36:56 | More by DerBayer
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chickencoop

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big deep dark amber pour, not much on top, head was prettty thin, but still appealing. Smell was a massive caramel, malty sweetness. On to the taste, and well, very malty sweetness as the nose, but a nice dry fizziness to finish it off. At first I was not that impressed, but that was based on the hype, but as I drank a few more sips, it warms up to you and the fizziness on the end cleans the pallate and your ready for more. A true classic, amesome to pair with cheese.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 05:47:26 | More by chickencoop
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BoRaeCho

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-16-2012 00:41:34 | More by BoRaeCho
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bshiban

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-25-2014 12:43:27 | More by bshiban
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crnipeter

Slovenia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330 ml, BB date reads 12. November 2010, into 180 ml Chimay chalice. Up until today I've been waiting to open this one to enjoy the benefits of maturation. Pours effervescent, deep reddish coppery body with good clarity, topped by medium, beige dense head with good retention that gradually sets to a stable cloth. Nice lacing on the walls.
The nose is low maltiness dominated by fruity esters of plum, apple and raisins, light phenolic spiciness and apparent perfumy qualities probably originating from higher alcohols. Occasionally some extra sweetness emerges enhancing the perception of malt. The flavor is surprisingly unsweet, lacking prominent malt perception, estery with fruity tartness of plum, apple and raisins, light bitterness with moderately dry finish and some yeastiness. Light to medium bodied with rather high carbonation. A year of cellaring hasn't taken away much of the tartness (without diminishing the fruitiness) as I hoped for and which was the case with some previously tasted bottles.

In short: a rather dry, tart and estery dubbel with attractive reddish depth.

Update 12-28-2010:
This bottle has been aged a year over the declared best before date (18.December 2009).
A gusher, although once poured exhibits less effervescence than a year younger bottle tasted previous evening. Pour into baby-Chimay chalice (180 ml) gives birth to a deep amber-coppery clear body with some haze, overlain by beige head that completely dissipates in a short time. The aroma is rich and complex yet discrete malty sweetness with faint chocolaty notes, hint of caramel and light toastiness, abundant fruity esters of ripened plum and raisins, port-wine reminiscent qualities, some spicy phenolics and apparent higher alcohol-derived perfuminess. The flavor is complex malty sweetness with light toasty notes, plums & raisins lacking the prominent, almost berry-like tartness of a young Westmalle, light bitterness, some phenolic spiciness and yeasty notes. The malty sensation persists into the semi-dry finish. Nearly medium bodied with rather flat carbonation.
A year past its declared BB date, the Westmalle Dubbel is mainly distinguished from his above reviewed younger brother by more pronounced sweetness enhancing the malt-perception, absence of fruity tartness and poorly sustained head with less carbonated body. The scores for this one are 3, 4.5, 4, 2.5, 4 = 3,75

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 01:49:19 | More by crnipeter
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doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Nice, inch high foamy, tan head and nice lacing throughout.

Typical Belgian ale aroma; flowers, yeast, alcohol, sort of like a sourdough bread.

Tasted breadlike, yeasty, some malt, alcohol.

Smooth, somewhat syrupy, nice clean finish.

Very good beer, but I don't think I could drink a lot of them in a row.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 15:43:08 | More by doppelmeup
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erz316

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - an opaque brown, which lets in little to no light, giving the appearance of being very thick. The head i a nice light beige colour, that retains nicely on the walls of my chalice.

S - smells of boozy fruit, like a fruitcake, and some hint of the malts.

T - the top notes are the fruity elements and malt, which eventually give way to the alcohol.

M - it is a large form carbonation, which is why the head dissipates quickly, which renders a thicker feeling of fluidity; this, however, does not compromise the taste or drink-ability.

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(a re-review, considering I finally got the chalice! I'm not expecting my review to change that much)

33ml bottle poured into my westmalle chalice, which I have been looking for.

A - the bottle pours perfectly to the mark in the glass with head making a perfect mark, right where it should be and the liquid being at the indicated ,33l mark. the colour is a dark brown, opaque, with some ruby hues coming in from the bottom. the head is thick and fluffy and a light tan/ off white color.

S - dark fruity esters make an immediate presence, that is to say fruits like raisin, fig, plumb, and most anything that becomes really sweet when you dry it. behind the esters are the hints of alcohol, these combine to make the classic scent of a good dubbel.

T - the taste is a sweet malt & alcohol to put it in simple terms. the alcohol is far from overbearing, and blends quite nicely with the sweets. the sweets can be described as being a subtle malty sweetness that is far reaching over the palate, nothing that stick out really noticeably. but what is most noticeable for sweetness is the finish, which has a hint of counterfeit sweetness, what I mean is something like maraschino cherries; not actual sugar taste, but sweet nonetheless. the after taste is like that of banannas (a slight sweet) and apples, perhaps macintosh or red delicious; I would really emphasize the apples, particularly the red delicious. this is a great tasting beer, and I think having it out of the proper glass is only adding the the aura of good-beer-ness

MF&D - I could drink this all night long, if I wouldnt become atrociously huge, that is. the feel is perfect in my world: there is ample carbonation, while the viscosity is thick enought to make the carbonation just right. however, in my opninion for the dubbel, the mf and the d can rarely be paired up exactly, for they conflict. the dubbel requires a thick bubbly beer, which makes it harder to have in larger quantities (which is how I guage drinkability: : "could I have this all night long?"). either way this is a great beer that would take a lifetime to get bored with.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 23:24:01 | More by erz316
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,045 ratings.